Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. These tumors can grow into surrounding tissues, so we recommend an evaluation for basal cell carcinoma treatment. Dermatologists of Birmingham offers basal cell carcinoma diagnostic and treatment services for the residents of Birmingham, Alabaster and surrounding areas in Alabama.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. The disease develops in areas of that have been exposed to ultraviolet light from sunlight or tanning beds. Areas that have been most exposed over time are most at risk including face, arms and upper trunk. Fortunately, basal cell carcinoma tends to grow slowly and doesn’t represent a life-threatening cancer, but sometimes it grows quickly and causes significant trouble such as bleeding or pain.
Benefits of Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment
Unlike melanoma, basal cell carcinoma is not life-threatening. If the condition is not treated, though, the cancer will grow larger and potentially spread to surrounding tissues. It may cause severe disfigurement. For these reasons, you will want to have these cancers removed. Our board certified dermatologists are trained and experienced at diagnosing and treating basal cell carcinoma with a variety of techniques tailored to optimizing your outcome.
When is Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment Recommended?
Treatment is always recommended in cases of basal cell carcinoma. Sinc the cancer will grow larger over time and healthy tissue can be adversely affected by the disease, our dermatologists will recommend the best treatments available to ensure a good cure and minimize scarring.
What to Expect from Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment
If your dermatologist suspects that a skin lesion is cancerous, a skin biopsy is taken to be examined under a microscope. Proper evaluation of each type of skin cancer biopsy requires expertise, so we use excellent local dermatopathologists to provide an accurate diagnosis relatively quickly.
Based upon the findings of your biopsy, our dermatologist will recommend one or more treatments for your basal cell carcinoma.
- Excision is the most common technique used for basal cell carcinoma
- Mohs surgery is recommended for more challenging cases, such as cancers that have spread deep into the tissues or those on more cosmetically sensitive areas including the face
- Curettage and electrodessication to carefully scrape away the cancerous tissue
- Radiation for basal cell carcinoma that cannot be cut away from healthy tissue
- Oral medications for advanced cases
- Topical medications for early and small tumors
Our dermatologists have a high success rate with basal cell carcinoma treatment.
How Much Does Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment Cost in Birmingham?
Basal cell carcinoma requires medical treatment and will likely be covered by your medical insurance. Your out-of-pocket costs can be paid by cash, checks and major credit cards. Dermatologists of Birmingham is proud to offer financing options for our qualified patients. The affordable monthly payments may help you better manage the cost of treatment for basal cell carcinoma.
Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer, and we have a high success rate in treatment. Having your skin lesion evaluated by one of our board-certified dermatologists is the first step. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.
*Individual results may vary. The content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a qualified physician.